PEBC update

April 22, 2022

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada recently shared updates from its Annual Board Meeting on March 26, 2022, featuring statistics from 2021 and summaries of PEBC's recent projects.

2021 by the numbers

2551 candidates took the Pharmacist Qualifying Examination-Part I (MCQ) in 2021, compared with 2162 in 2020.

2513 candidates took the Pharmacist Qualifying Examination-Part II (OSCE), compared to 975 in 2020.

1935 individuals took the Pharmacist Evaluating Examination in 2021, compared to 1827 in 2020.

2412 applicants were ruled acceptable for admission into the Evaluating Examination, compared to 2464 in 2020.

733 names were added to the Pharmacy Technician Register by examination in 2021, compared to 461 in 2020, bringing the total to 12,257 since 2009.

1180 candidates took the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination-Part I (MCQ) in 2021, compared to 716 in 2020.

1136 individuals took the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination-Part II (OSPE in 2021, compared to 673 in 2020. 

PEBC projects

As a result of the pandemic, PEBC committed to exploring the possibility of conducting virtual performance examinations for the OSCE and OSPE. The Board is undertaking a pilot study to explore the feasibility of the virtual format, on its own and compared to in-person exams. 

The Board is also conducting a comprehensive review of PEBC's certification processes, to identify ways to enhance the process. Recommendations will be made by an advisory committee of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and a physician.